Conservatives Praise SCOTUS Ruling for Vindicating 2nd Amendment Rights

By Michael W. Chapman | June 23, 2022 | 3:17pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- Conservatives praised today's Supreme Court ruling (6-3) that says law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry guns outside their home for self-protection, and that this right is covered under the Second Amendment. They especially applauded Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, for detailing how racist gun control laws are, and for vindicating the Constitution.

"This is a great day for our Constitution and our liberties!" tweeted Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "Supreme Court rules Second Amendment is not a 'second class right.'"

Fitton also applauded Justice Samule Alito, who wrote, "Today, unfortunately, many Americans have good reason to fear that they will be victimized if they are unable to protect themselves. And today, no less than in 1791, the Second Amendment guarantees their right to do so."

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.  (Getty Images)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. (Getty Images)

NRA President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement, Today’s ruling is a watershed win for good men and women all across America and is the result of a decades-long fight the NRA has led. The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home."

"This ruling brings life-saving justice to law-abiding Americans who have lived under unconstitutional regimes all across our country, particularly in cities and states with revolving door criminal justice systems, no cash bail and increased harassment of law-enforcement," he added. 

"SCOTUS just struck down New York’s unconstitutional gun law! Glory!" tweeted House Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted, "Today, the Supreme Court upheld our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms by striking down a New York law that effectively prohibited a citizen from carrying a handgun outside the home. ... This case’s vindication of the right to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home is an ever-present reminder of our duty as citizens to defend our constitutional rights from brazen attacks from the left."

House Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) carrying a sidearm.   (Getty Images)
House Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) carrying a sidearm. (Getty Images)

John Cardillo, who has nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter, said, "Clarence Thomas turns the tables and calls gun control racist. The man is a rare American treasure."

The Daily Wire's Frank Fleming tweeted, "Yeah, I don't think the left are ever going to recognize -- as Thomas points out here -- the hugely racist history of gun restrictions. Wanting to control who can have firearms puts you in league with a lot of awful people -- and for good reason."

Legal scholar Jonathan Turley tweeted, "On his birthday, Justice Thomas has issued what is one of the most impactful decisions of his illustrious career as a conservative jurist. The decision brings together many of the elements of his past jurisprudential views, including originalist analysis."

Journalist Kyle Becker wrote, "Thomas points out the 'Proper cause' provision of such gun laws is unconstitutional. Critically, he bases his ruling not only on the 2A, but on the Fourteenth Amendment. It is inconceivable that 'red flag' laws that may also violate the Fifth Amendment pass constitutoinal muster."

Conservative talk-radio host Chris Plante tweeted, "Today is also Justice Thomas' birthday! The man is a legend."  (June 23 is Thomas's birthday.)

The libertarian Cato Institute tweeted, "SCOTUS correctly decided that the Second Amendment means what it says. The 'right to keep and bear' arms protects not just keeping but also bearing."

"Today's Supreme Court decision is a huge victory for the Second Amendment rights of all Americans," tweeted Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). "Shows how important it is to have conservative Justices to uphold the Constitution and defend our freedoms that are constantly attacked by the Radical Left."

House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted, "Big win for the Second Amendment and freedom!"

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted, "We just obtained a monumental victory at SCOTUS in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, preserving Second Amendment rights for citizens across the country. I’m am proud Missouri led the briefing in this case."

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